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Budget: What we spend and how we spend it

The budget includes the allocation of financial resources to different services and projects, proposed provisions and reserves, the Council tax base, setting the Council tax and decisions relating to the Council’s borrowing requirement, the control of its capital expenditure and the setting of virement limits.

Budget Consultation

We have successfully achieved/identified over £9million in transformational savings since 2010/11 and now have a solid financial base in order to set our 2021/22 budget.

A revised saving requirement has been calculated of £1.200million in 2021/22 increasing to £2.050million in 2023/24.

The 2021/22 budget consultation period has now ended.

How are we going to save money?

We are committed to protecting front-line services, such as waste and street cleaning, and especially to our most vulnerable residents, but we have to take some tough decisions about our services and future spending.

We are determined to protect important services by doing things differently, such as:

  • Working in partnership with other councils or organisations;
  • Buying in services (where it makes good financial sense);
  • Looking at transferring services to alternative providers and to community groups, if appropriate;
  • Focusing on raising more income from our own assets; and
  • Making our services even more efficient.

We welcome your views and suggestions as to how we can meet these financial challenges.

How can I have my say?

Let us know what you think of the proposals set out in the budget. This is set out in two documents available below:

Where do we get our money from?

We collect £7.807 million from Council Tax which is only 11% of the overall Council Tax bill you pay or, for 2020/21, £4.17 per household per week for a Band D property.

We collect the remainder of your Council Tax bill on behalf of Cumbria County Council (75%), Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (14%) and Parish Councils.

Where does my money go? 

Your £4.17 per household (Band D) per week is spent in the following areas:

Council Tax breakdown of spend
Area Cost
Environmental and regulatory services 24p
Housing support 18p
Economic growth 33p
Green spaces 32p
Keeping Carlisle clean 35p
Refuse and recycling 69p
Leisure and culture £1.20p
Other - includes revenues,benefits,property,support and democratic services 86p
Total Spend £4.17p

A graphical view of our spending breakdown   

You can contact us in the following ways, noting that the consultation for 2021/22 will end on 11th January 2021.

By post to: The Chief Executive, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG or by email to [email protected] by 9am on 11th January 2021.

This A to Z of services list provides links to service pages alphabetically